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Linking wilderness research and management-volume 2. Defining, managing, and monitoring wilderness visitor experiences: an annotated reading list

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Opportunities for unique visitor experiences are among the defining attributes of wilderness. In order to understand and protect these experiences, natural and social scientists have pursued an ever-expanding program of wildland recreation research.

Visitor use density and wilderness experience: proceedings; 2000 June 13; Missoula, MT

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
The workshop was convened to assess progress and offer further ideas regarding scientific contributions to (1) understanding relationships between visitor use density and wilderness experiences and (2) applying such knowledge to decisions about use limitation in wilderness and parks. The first paper provides an overview of the topic and the papers presented at the workshop.

John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness: 1990 visitor survey data

Datasets Posted on: August 27, 2015
A long-term problem that confronted wilderness managers in the early 1990s, and continues today, is the displeasure hikers express about meeting recreational livestock (primarily horses and mules) and seeing impacts of stock use. This data set contains the responses from a visitor survey of 891 participants who spent time in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness or John Muir Wilderness during 1990.

Imagining wilderness

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2012
The future of wilderness is open for discussion and debate. In this paper we invite readers to consider four wilderness scenarios, any one of which, or combination of which, seems possible based on current demographic, social, and cultural trends.

Research to create public memory of wilderness

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2012
If wilderness experiences are distinct from general outdoor recreation experiences, then wilderness visitor research needs to reflect the distinction. If there are distinguishing characteristics, they would be linked to social and cultural meanings embedded in the Wilderness Act of 1964 and contemporary interpretations of it.

Managing for wilderness experiences in the 21st Century: Responding to the recent wilderness critique

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2012
This essay describes five major critiques of the wilderness idea and how wilderness managers might shape experience opportunities in wilderness in response.

Research needs for a better understanding of wilderness visitor experiences

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2012
What information is needed to facilitate enhanced management of visitor experiences in wilderness? The final session of the workshop comprised a facilitated process with the 20 participants to identify research and information needs to support wilderness visitor experience management.

Potential roles of research in enhancing the performance of management in securing high quality visitor experiences in wilderness

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2012
Does research help managers provide opportunities for visitors to have high quality experiences in wilderness? Difficulties in applying visitor experience research result from several factors: the nature of wilderness itself, the character of the wilderness visitor experience challenge as a research and management topic, and the paradigm of research applications employed by wilderness scientists.

Frameworks for defining and managing the wilderness experience

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2012
A large and growing body of research on outdoor recreation and the wilderness experience has been conducted over the nearly 50 years since passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964. A number of conceptual and empirical frameworks have emerged from this body of knowledge that can be used to help define and manage the wilderness experience.

Humans apart from nature? Wilderness experience and the Wilderness Act

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2012
Wilderness managers are faced with making judgments about the appropriateness of different types of recreational activities. One of the criteria they use is wilderness dependence-the notion that an activity should be allowed, or privileged if rationing is required, if it depends on a wilderness setting for much of its value.

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